Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lately in my kitchen - Blueberry Scones

It all started when I was pregnant the fourth time and all I wanted to eat were scones.

An insatiable desire to eat scones.

I was really overdue, so after my last few appointments, I stopped by the local bakery to pick up a scone to sweeten up my day.

Thought it would end once the baby was born.

Yet, even though I had the baby at 41 weeks and 5 days...

...scones were still at the top of my list.

...And still are!

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One afternoon while the baby was napping, the older kids and I got in the kitchen and decided to try a blueberry scone recipe by Sally's Baking Addiction.

The list of ingredients is fairly simple, you probably have most things: flour,  frozen butter, cream, sugar,  baking powder, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and blueberries (strawberries, raspberries).

Something interesting about the recipe and other ones I have looked at is that scones only use baking powder, no baking soda.  Why?  Scones are meant to be puffy pastries/cakes. We don't want them to spread, just to puff up.

Her recipe is very thorough, great for a newbie like me.  In making scones we learned how to make homemade buttermilk (milk + cream). We also learned to put the butter in the freezer and then grate it right before adding it in.

Once the batter is ready, give them the desired shape. I like the triangles.  You can put the dough in a pie pan and then cut them out OR you can also use a shaped pan which will work great for scones or even cornbread. I'm considering getting one of these scones pan in the future to save me time.

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All ready to bake!

Bake them at 400 degrees for about 22 minutes. 

The kitchen smells so good when I bake these yummy, super yummy, scones. You will love them too!

Have you made scones before? What kind? 


Friday, September 25, 2015

Currently Crocheting: Shell Stitch Blanket


Life is busy. Busy between cooking, cleaning, homeschooling, nursing, and sleeping. The days seem to get shorter and longer, depending on how you look at it. It the midst of it all, I try - yes, try!!!- to crochet as much as time allows. This week, I've gotten to work on a very special project, my Shell Stitch Blanket. It's really straightforward and as long as I keep track of the number of stitches, I'm good.

Let me tell you, I started this blanket maybe 3 months ago? Oh geez. A few years ago I made a large granny square blanket in  under 3 months.  Back then I only had 3 kids, though. Now with one more, I have been working on the same blanket for 3 months, haha.  I've had to take lots of breaks in between until I ran out of yarn. Silly me, I had only bought ONE skein of that yarn. Can you believe that?! *facepalm

Friends, whenever you start a project, do yourself a favor, get at least two skeins of the same yarn. Why? That way you can change projects, you can also adjust the length of the project, and keep the same color dye throughout the project - in case, you know, you decided to adjust the length after all.

Among all the changes, there could also be the possibility the yarn could become discontinued by the manufacture. Originally, it was called Sincerely yarn by Purl Essence.

Yes, that did happen.

Because of it, my blanket almost turned into a cowl, the kind you can drape and was going to be listed on Etsy. It'd be super warm and soft.

Until I received a message from a fellow crocheter, Kim Guzman, who told me "the yarn has been rebranded as Big Twist Yarns".

Happy Day. 

While out of town, I stopped  by the store and picked up TWO skeins right away. One has to learn from their own mistakes, right ? :-)

And this is the progress I have made so far...

Rows of Shells

It's going to be a long blanket. Each shell is made with lots and lots of care using my favorite J hook and Big Twist Yarns in Plum available at Joann's.

I'll share some more progress photos soon.  

What are you working on these days?  What's the longest it has taken you to make a blanket? 

Happy Crocheting, 



Sunday, September 6, 2015

Deal of the Day: Kid's Animal Pillows E-Book

Make Cuddly Pals for Kids to Hug!

Kid's Animal Pillows is available as an e-book with many patterns to make a new crochet pillow for a nursery, child's room, or for pure pleasure  using your favorite animal.  It has patterns to make a lion, fox, panda, hippo, penguin, and many others. 

Leisure Arts is currently having a sale for Labor Day so most items are deeply discounted at time of posting. Also, Senior Citizens enter coupon code SENIOR for an additional discount 15%. 



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Daily Find: Rainbow Happy Fun Pouch

Make this colorful and great stash buster, Rainbow Happy Fun Pouch by Moogly Make it with DK/Sport Weight Yarn.  What colors are you going to use? 

Enjoy it! 



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Crochet Backpacks

Crochet Backpacks: 

1. Wee Backpack by Lion Brand. 

3. Flower Fiesta Bag/Backpack by My Little City Girl which includes 3 different sizes made with a blend of cotton and bamboo yarn

4. Lego Inspired Crochet Backpack by Moogly using Red Heart Super Saver.

Have fun!


Crochet Baskets Round Up

It seems like we are always needing new baskets to store toys, keys, blankets, miscellaneous items that otherwise end up scattered all over. Why not crochet some new baskets? Below is a collection of 5 types of crochet baskets you can make today to solve the problem. 

Crochet Baskets: 
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1. Hanging Basket by Bekki Bjanoll is the perfect basket for storing all your miscellaneous items as you walk in to your mud room, foyer, and hallway. It's made with spaghetti or fabric yarn.  (Note: This pattern is written  in Norwegian. Translate it with Google.) 

2.  Crochet Basket with Handles by Lanukas is made with chunky or fabric yarn, using a size P or Q size hook

3. Chunky Crochet Basket by Crochet in Color includes step-by-step photos on how the basket will look along the way. This one uses a size L crochet hook. It is available in two different sizes. 

4. Color Block Crochet Basket by 1Dog Woof uses color block, which makes for endless possibilities! This is such a cute basket to put away random items and toys. It uses Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn (Bulky weight) and a size N hook. 

5. Mini Granny Square by This Little Street is a complete tutorial to how to make the baskets and how to line them with fabric. It uses cotton yarn and matching hook size. She recommends using a stiffener to keep the shape. 

Have fun making these baskets! 


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Friday, August 14, 2015

100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make

The main reason I started crocheting was so I could make gifts for family and friends. Soon a new book, 100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make will be released with tons of practical and cute gifts to make for others.

Pre-order your copy eligible for free-shipping.
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